Date:June 15, 2017

Rum Book Names World’s Best Rum and More


NEW YORK, NY  06/15/2017 – Who makes the world’s best rum?

According to spirits critic and bestselling author Fred Minnick’s latest book, Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide for the World’s Spirit, Barbados-based Foursquare Distillery consistently creates the world’s best rum. Minnick scores more than 200 rums, and Foursquare 2006 was the only brand to receive a perfect score.

Recently named one of the 10 Best Spirits Writers in the World, Minnick believes Foursquare’s vintage releases will create demand amongst brandy and whiskey consumers. “Foursquare’s limited releases—such as Criterion, 2004 and 2006—are extraordinarily complex and layered in notes that blow some of the best whiskeys and brandies out of the water,” says Minnick, who’s authored six books and serves as a judge on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

The book also tackles cover-over taxes and billion-dollar subsidized rums that are polarizing political topics in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico and St. Croix.

“When a handful of rum distilleries receive billions of subsidies, it’s extremely difficult for smaller operations to compete for shelf space in American liquor stores,” Minnick says. “The little guy can’t afford to compete.”

Other highly scored rums in Rum Curious include Richland Rum made in Georgia, a perfect pour for the bourbon palates; Plantation XO 20th Anniversary, a lovely taste for a sweet tooth; and Appleton 21-year-old, a balanced yet funky Jamaican rum.

Minnick dissects rum’s unsavory past, including links to slavery and murdering pirates, and digs deep into American history to show that whiskey distillers lobbied against rum in the 1800s. He also brings to light important contemporary rum issues that have created heated debates over new classification systems, subsidized rum distilleries and whether rum should include undisclosed sweeteners.

For the book’s depth and willingness to tackle important issues, Punch and New Worlder named Rum Curious one of the best drinks books for the summer.

James Beard-award winning author Martin Cate wrote Rum Curious’ foreword. The book’s MSRP is $25.


Wall Street Journal best-selling author Fred Minnick has written six books, including spirits titles Whiskey WomenBourbon CuriousBourbon and Rum Curious. Minnick writes for Covey Rise, Whisky Advocate, and Whisky magazine. He is the “bourbon authority” for the Kentucky Derby Museum and regularly appears in the mainstream media, including CBS This Morning, Esquire, Forbes, and NPR. He is a three time finalist for the Spirited Awards. View his work at

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